Writer: Ed Brisson, Kelly Thompson, Matthew Rosenberg
Art Team: Pepe Perez, Rochelle Rosenberg
Release Date: January 16, 2019
Cover Price: $4.99
The Uncanny X-Men was supposed to make a triumphant return to comic stores everywhere, straightening out the mess that has been the X-Men line for awhile in the process. While I’m not the biggest X-Men fan I find it hard for anyone to admit this series so far was a success prior to this issue. A weekly series with an increased price tag for issue one, and issue ten, is asking a lot of customers. To not deliver anything original in any way is a slap in the face, enough to not want to read this lineup going forwards. So “LET’S DISCUSS” whats so disappointing shall we.
Let’s start with a run down of events that happened this issue, which can be summed up in one sentence, even with an extended page count. We’re treated to an over extended fight scene, which ends up being settled via psychic means, and a Storm super lightning blast. That’s it the end. Sure there is a mildly interesting tease at the issues very last page but I need more than that. If you’re an X-Fan the resolution to this fight that just wouldn’t end, which cost you $45 for ten issues to follow, has to be disappointing no matter how much you want to love this. Then to add insult to injury, the creative team put a bow on it, concluding this weekly (very weakly) series in a way you’ve mostly certainly seen traces of before … “No More Mutants” anyone.
I don’t know what else to say about this series. The writing wasn’t good, despite a solid three headed creative team, with little to no character development present or taking place at all. Too many cooks in the kitchen? Possibly. Almost any word bubble, at any point, can be placed on any X-Men character, and it wouldn’t feel out of place since everyone speaks with the same generic voice. Physic attacks frequently don’t work, until they do for no other reason than story’s sake, which is how much of the progression in this series took place. Things happen to happen, because pages have to be filled, X-Books have to be sold, and this feels like nothing more than that. If you thought Marvel has progressed past their old tricks with the Fresh Start relaunch you’d be wrong.
The ultimate slap in the face for me is ending this series with the fate of the entire X-Men lineup up in the air for the reader to follow in upcoming titles. So while this Uncanny series is an exercise in excess itself, to get any sort of resolution out of it, and the $45 you spent, you’ll need to follow more titles, which for me is a hard pass after how poorly this entire thing was executed from start to finish. I’ll keep reading X-Force, for my X-Fix, for X-now.
This was an X-Men’s greatest hits series done very poorly from start to finish. If you’re into nostalgia alone, with next to no substance, good for you, but I need something more out of a story asking so much out of my wallet. If you came solely for the art you wont be too disappointed, with a bunch of different impressive spread pages, that look great. However this entire series accomplished very little in the scheme of things, and is one of the rare cases of something being so bad it might chase fans away from whats yet to come.